The talks between German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, in Berlin on Wednesday (10 October) focused on Germany’s support for WFP humanitarian assistance in Syria and its neighbouring countries.
After the talks Maas commented:
The World Food Programme is one of Germany’s key partners in the fight against hunger. Germany has now made available an additional 186 million euros for the World Food Programme in order to continue helping those in Syria and those neighbouring countries affected by the ongoing conflict – especially during the forthcoming winter months.
The Foreign Minister also announced that, during its membership of the United Nations Security Council, Germany would work with France to ensure protection for humanitarian aid workers, humanitarian access and respect for international humanitarian law.
Germany’s commitment to WFP
As part of its engagement in humanitarian assistance, the Federal Foreign Office supports UN World Food Programme projects around the world. Germany’s support focuses on food aid for crisis regions. Last year, Germany made available a record amount of 830 million euros for the WFP, 596 million of which was for WFP’s humanitarian work. This made WFP by far the largest recipient of German humanitarian funding, and Germany the second-largest bilateral contributor to WFP. One key focus of German humanitarian assistance is to tackle the impact of the Syrian crisis. The total of 286 million euros which the Federal Foreign Office has made available to the World Food Programme this year will be used to help people in need within Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Support and cooperation take various forms
In addition to providing food aid, Germany also supports WFP’s logistics services such as the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), which transports humanitarian workers even to the remotest humanitarian crisis regions. It also supports innovative humanitarian disaster prevention measures by WFP, as well as, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Free State of Bavaria, the WFP Innovation Accelerator, based in Munich.
The regional focuses of Germany’s support for WFP, along with Syria and its neighbours, are Yemen and the states in the Horn of Africa.